Bird Street Community Center (legally incorporated as "Upham's Corner Community Center, Inc.") is a private, nonprofit organization (501 (c)3, providing high quality after school programs for children ages 5-13 and youth ages 10-22. We serve more than 1300 youth who primarily reside in Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, Hyde Park and Jamaica Plain. Our Center provides all of the wrap around services that develop well-rounded, healthy children, youth and young adults, including: academic support, leadership training and experience, workforce development and employment, arts & humanities, life skills, community service, violence prevention, case management, recreation and organized sports. We encourage and promote intellectual, physical, personal, and social/emotional development.
In the early 1900s we opened our doors as the Bird Street Gym, owned and operated by the City of Boston. Budgetary constraints forced the City to close the gym in the 1970s. The residents of Upham's Corner, recognizing a serious community need, organized to reopen the facility in 1978 as a non-profit youth center through a then-unique private-public partnership with the City of Boston, run for a decade by volunteers.
Bird Street Community Center is the "hub" for children and youth who seek intellectual, physical, emotional, and personal growth and well being. Courts, social service agencies, schools and families trust Bird Street to help the community's low income/high risk children achieve important life goals and grow into young adults who are community change makers and leaders. Bird Street is a major provider of intentional programming for out-of-school and after school activities. Generations of children have found a safe and caring place for growing and developing character and skills.
The mission of Bird Street is to instill in our youth and young adults the intellectual, social, and leadership competencies to deal effectively with daily challenges, strive for academic success, and pursue employment opportunities.
Bird Street Community Center meets the day-to-day needs for building strong minds, healthy bodies and outlets for creative expression and social interaction for families and children. Bird Street enables individuals across generations to engage in educational activities and life-long learning. Bird Street is a "second home" for our members, providing space for local events, community gatherings, and celebrations. Bird Street remains vibrant, flexible, and responsive to the changing needs of the children and families of the North Dorchester / Roxbury neighborhoods. Contact: If you have any questions about Bird Street please contact Executive Director, Kevin O'Rourke at (617) 282-6110, ext. 21